Board of Directors


John O’Malley. John has traveled from the world of business to the world of theatre.  He had the good fortune to grow up with opera in his background.  Originally from the U.K., John is a recent addition to the board of directors of the Opera Nanaimo Society.  His mission is to facilitate the expansion of opera in Nanaimo and to support fellow directors in their chosen tasks.


Artistic Director

Mezzo-soprano Carol Fetherston brings extensive musical experience to Opera Nanaimo. As one of the organization’s founding members, it is her vision to bring appealing operatic works to all mid-Vancouver Island music lovers. Born in Vancouver, she obtained an A.R.C.T in piano, a BA in Music from the University of British Columbia, and sang with the Vancouver Opera Association. In 1975, she was accepted into the University of Toronto’s Opera School, and, while there, she studied voice with such prominent coaches and teachers as Elizabeth Benson-Guy, Stuart Hamilton, and Dixie and Ross Neil. Her performance roles included Suzuki (Madama Butterfly), Carmen (Carmen), Madellena (Rigoletto), Nickolaus (Tales of Hoffman) Lola (Cavaliera Rusticana), Principessa (Suor Angelica), Prince Orlofsky (Die Fledermaus), Frugola (Il Tabarro), and Old Maid (Old Maid and the Thief). While working as a choral director for the Toronto Board of Education, Carol obtained her MA in Music from the University of Toronto. She studied vocal pedagogy and choral conducting with Doreen Rao, and also worked with the Elmer Eisler Singers, the choir-in- residence at the University of Toronto. Since coming to Vancouver Island, Carol has performed as a soloist with the  Malaspina Singers, the Parksville Community Choir, and the Cowichan Consort. Currently, she is at the Nanaimo Conservatory of Music as a voice teacher/coach. Other achievements of note include musical director/conductor for Opera Nanaimo’s production of Amahl and the Night Visitors; music director/accompanist for Hansel and Gretel; music director/accompanist for Echo Players’ production of Pirates of Penzance; music director/accompaniest for Opera Nanaimo’s Voices in the Vineyard concerts; rehearsal/orchestral accompanist for Vancouver Island University’s production of Sondheims Into the Woods.


Christian Hanson. Chris is a retired commercial banker, having nearly 40 years experience in business and financial matters in Kamloops, Prince George and Nanaimo. He earned a Bachelor of Commerce degree from the University of Manitoba in 1978. Chris has taken on the responsibility for the ONS accounts plus performing the duties of the Societies Company secretary dealing with general correspondence. We are fortunate to have such a competent member on the ONS board. He is enthusiastic about joining such a vibrant organisation.

Membership Chair

Marta Wright. Marta moved to Nanaimo three years ago for the cooler summers than those experienced in Ottawa.  The arts scene and the almost bug-free great outdoors were a pleasant surprise!



Member at Large

Andre Lètain. 

If you are interested in serving on the board, please contact us!